Health Forward awards $444,444 in applicant defined grants

Kansas City, MO — Health Forward Foundation has awarded nine nonprofit organizations a total of $444,444 in applicant defined grants during the month of May.

Health Forward reviewed 20 proposals totaling $1,112,661 for this funding round.

The following grants were awarded in May 2019:


Agency Award Grant Description
Community Health Council of Wyandotte County $50,000 To improve and maintain operations and sustainability through the development of a new strategic plan.
First Call $50,192 To connect individuals and families to substance use disorder resources by supporting 24/7 crisis line staffing and contract costs.
Gilda’s Club Kansas City $36,873 To support licensed, bilingual mental health professionals who will provide education and support to underinsured and uninsured people facing cancer.
Heartland Outreach Providers $50,000 To provide quality oral care and basic dental treatment for more than 2,400 patients in Jackson County, Missouri, and adjacent communities.
Hope Family Care Center $45,000 To support the after-hours clinic for low-income patients who need deeper coordination of care, better health outcomes, and proactive management of medical conditions.
Kansas City, Missouri, School District $60,000 To support mental health consultation services in the Head Start program; and support social-emotional wellness strategies for teachers.
Kim Wilson Housing $46,660 To seek, grow, and promote affordable housing with the goal of increasing the health and wellness of Wyandotte County citizens through support of the Housing Location Services department.
Reconciliation Services $45,719 To bolster core financial operations by ensuring fiscal compliance, increasing capacity, improving communications and reporting, and improving cyber security.
Safehome $60,000 To increase capacity for implementation and management of a new database system and quality improvement activities.

“These organizations are working to tackle the pressing health issues facing our communities. We’re proud to partner with them to eliminate health disparities and ignite a culture of health in our region,” said Bridget McCandless, M.D., Health Forward President/CEO.

In 2019, Health Forward will award approximately $4 million in applicant defined grants.

Applicant defined grants are reviewed and awarded monthly. These grants allow organizations to define their own immediate grant needs in relation to Health Forward’s mission, target population, and service area. Organizations are allowed to apply once per year and are capped at $75,000.

Learn more about Health Forward’s applicant defined grants.

Health Forward Foundation
2300 Main Street, Suite 304
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 241-7006